BDG architecture + design has picked up its second award for Innovation at the annual British Council for Offices (BCO) London regional property sector awards, following the Innovation award in the North of England region of the BCO for Sky Digital Centre of Excellence. The prestigious BCO awards programme recognises the highest quality developments and sets the standard for excellence in the regional and national office sector.


Once a dilapidated and unloved building, the judges were impressed with the transformation of Sea Containers into a dynamic and creative workspace for Ogilvy & Mather and their associated businesses. Innovative changes to the structure have created a series of double height spaces that connect the floors, but also take maximum advantage of the dramatic external environment of the Thames which sits immediately adjacent. Flooded with daylight, the judges highlighted how these spaces define the building and have become natural hubs for staff interaction, allowing the creativity of the business to flourish.


Since relocating to Sea Containers in 2016 the advertising agency has found itself amidst a flurry of new business success, having successfully captured some of the UK’s largest accounts in Boots & Vodafone Ogilvy has found itself at the top of the industry’s new business league with new billings of £146 million. The structure of the teams for these new client’s hold collaboration with WPP at their core – all made possible by the bespoke structure of Sea Containers.


Gill Parker, CEO at BDG architecture + design, said:
“We are thrilled to be recognised for two projects at the prestigious BCO awards this year, especially as both are for the coveted Innovation category. It is hugely rewarding to work with clients such as Ogilvy and SKY who place innovation at the heart of their business and value the BDG approach to evidence led design that puts culture and business purpose at the core of the workplace. “


Richard Kauntze, Chief Executive of the BCO, commented: “This year’s awards are yet further proof of the quality of new office development in London, a region that continues to be front and centre of innovation in the sector. Awarded for their high-quality construction, striking design or robust flexibility, this year’s London winners showcase the best that the capital has to offer in premium workspace, and continues to strengthen London’s position as the business capital of Europe.”


This is the first year that the BCO has hosted the dedicated London Regional Awards, celebrating excellence in office space regionally, before all winners go on to compete at a national level at the National Awards in October.  For more information on the awards visit the BCO website (


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